Mom Tested Home Remedies for Cold & Flu

Manic:  This cold and flu season for so many of my friends….our family hasn’t been sick yet…knock on some major wood!

Managed:  Asked my gal pals what their favorite home remedies are for illness and I got some great answers, to take a look and be well out there…

New to Yoga? See These Helpful Tips!

Manic:  Me period!  My schedule and my Type A personality!

Managed:  Taking up yoga last month and I can’t believe what a huge difference it has made in my stress level, my skin, how I sleep and more!  I dove right into yoga classes at the terrific Joyful Yoga Studio in Chandler and I love the place, but I was definitely a rookie and it was apparent that I was doing a few things wrong.  So I asked our managedmoms.com fitness expert and RA Yoga Studio owner Roman Acevedo to give me a few tips when it comes to the tools that are readily available in yoga classes.  Watch the clip to see how to use the blocks, the blankets and the straps, plus we show you Roman’s favorite yoga move for strong abs!  Oh and great news….ra Yoga is FREE to everyone, so if you are local to Phoenix, be sure to check out Roman’s studio!!

Our 1st yoga lesson, so watch and do it with us….

Yoga Hammock Flyoga Inversion Techniques

Roman returns this week with a video featuring one of his talented yoga instructors, Alexandra and her flyoga inversions is really something to see.  I’ve got to get over to Roman’s new studio, RA Yoga and try one of these hammock classes!  As I watched, I could almost feel the wonderful stretch myself!

So take a look and do yourself a favor and try a yoga hammock class!  And if you do or already have, let us know in the comments section about your yoga hammock experience.  Roman says that the yoga hammock is a terrific tool for a safe yoga experience.  That sounds good to me.  So take a look at this week’s yoga video, compliments of Roman and Alexandra!

 

About Roman Acevedo,  Yoga Instructor:

Learn Roman’s yoga poses for more flexibility and fitness and less stress. 
Roman has practiced yoga for 11 years to increase flexibility, build strength and invite meditation into his busy daily life and rigorous work schedule. He finds yoga to be beneficial in restoring peace in any stressful environment and continues his studies with Scott Page, David Miliotis and local instructors throughout the valley. Part of his dharma yoga practice is giving, which he does through his Ra-Yoga studio that gives free yoga/aerial yoga, and through ra-Apparel, his fashion house with an uncompromising buy-one, give-one program clothing under-served children in the community. Made in Downtown Phoenix AZ.  He enjoys hiking in the mountains with his dog, Raja and photographing his environment.

For more information visit:

www.raapparelfortheworld.com

www.ra-yoga.com

www.facebook.com/ragives

www.facebook.com/rawear.

Read more about Roman on our team bio page.

Roman’s Recommended Yoga Poses for Anti-Aging Benefits

Manic:  Time…how fast it flies and how fast I see my appearance changing.  I always thought that I would age gracefully, but um…well…not so much!  And I want to find some natural ways to tap into the fountain of youth!

Managed:  Taking up yoga!  Our managedmoms.com writer and yoga expert, Roman Acevedo, tells me that in addition to the many physical and mental benefits of yoga, a more youthful appearance can also result from regular yoga poses.  Well, sign me up for that.  So Roman explains today and next week he will show us in a video.  Check out what he says and he includes links for each pose to show how each one looks.

Roman says:

Hi Everyone,

Let’s talk about inversions and the benefits of these life altering poses.

 List of Inversions:

Rachel's note: This is not me. I wish it was me. I bought this photo from IStockphoto.com to demonstrate what a supported shoulder stand looks like. Next week Roman will show us proper inversion poses. And this one I can do....although I wish I had an ocean in my back yard, but I can still do this one here in our desert!

*Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulderstand)  — shown in above picture 

*Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand)

*Halasana (Plow Pose)

*Pincha Mayurasana (Feathered Peacock Pose)

These are just a few of the inversions available to you with a little practice.  Over the next few weeks I will be demonstrating some of these poses in more detail in my videos.

 Benefits of Inversions-

*Relieves Back Pains

*Improves digestion and elimination

*Spinal Flexibility

*Brain Power

*Promotes lymphatic drainage and blood purification

*Elevates the mood and relieves depression

*Enhances relaxation and promotes sounder sleep

*Can lead to a more beautiful appearance

*Reverses the aging force of gravity

Impressive list, right?

I’m going to touch just a little on the last benefit and give you a key to youthful aging and long life. Big statement you must be thinking, well you be the judge. I challenge you to try “this” pose and practice it every time you are on your mat.  The “Queen of Asanas” is called Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand). If you choose to do any of these inversions this is the one, learn it and practice it.

Next week I will go into detail and show you how to safely get into and out of Salamba Sirsasana.  Until then, keep in mind that for yoga to be beneficial. you need to practice at least 4 times a week.

Namaste~

Roman

About Roman Acevedo,  Yoga Instructor:

Learn Roman’s yoga poses for more flexibility and fitness and less stress. 
Roman has practiced yoga for 11 years to increase flexibility, build strength and invite meditation into his busy daily life and rigorous work schedule. He finds yoga to be beneficial in restoring peace in any stressful environment and continues his studies with Scott Page, David Miliotis and local instructors throughout the valley. Part of his dharma yoga practice is giving, which he does through his Ra-Yoga studio that gives free yoga/aerial yoga, and through ra-Apparel, his fashion house with an uncompromising buy-one, give-one program clothing under-served children in the community. Made in Downtown Phoenix AZ.  He enjoys hiking in the mountains with his dog, Raja and photographing his environment.

For more information visit:

www.raapparelfortheworld.com

www.ra-yoga.com

www.facebook.com/ragives

www.facebook.com/rawear.

Read more about Roman on our team bio page.

 

 

 

 

 

Roman’s Recommended Yoga Hammock Poses…Healthy & Fun!

With the opening of Roman’s new yoga studio called RA Yoga, we get to see video of how those interesting yoga hammocks work.  I haven’t tried one yet, but after seeing today’s poses I really want to, because these poses look more fun than traditional yoga.  Have you tried the yoga hammock?  Let us know in the comments section and in the meantime check this out…

 

 

About Roman Acevedo,  Yoga Instructor:

Learn Roman’s yoga poses for more flexibility and fitness and less stress. 
Roman has practiced yoga for 11 years to increase flexibility, build strength and invite meditation into his busy daily life and rigorous work schedule. He finds yoga to be beneficial in restoring peace in any stressful environment and continues his studies with Scott Page, David Miliotis and local instructors throughout the valley. Part of his dharma yoga practice is giving, which he does through his Ra-Yoga studio that gives free yoga/aerial yoga, and through ra-Apparel, his fashion house with an uncompromising buy-one, give-one program clothing under-served children in the community. Made in Downtown Phoenix AZ.  He enjoys hiking in the mountains with his dog, Raja and photographing his environment.

For more information visit:

www.raapparelfortheworld.com

www.ra-yoga.com

www.facebook.com/ragives

www.facebook.com/rawear.

Read more about Roman on our team bio page.

 

Ever Seen A Yoga Hammock? Check out Roman’s Recommended Yoga Pose on One!

Manic:  Been doing a lot of driving and traveling and I need to open up my shoulders.

Managed:  Asked Roman about his new yoga studio, RA Yoga and check out his recommended yoga pose using the very cool yoga hammock that he has available at his new and FREE downtown Phoenix yoga studio!   Check this out…

This is a yoga hammock and Roman loves this beneficial...and fun yoga tool!

And here is the video that demonstrates how to do yoga on the yoga hammock!  You’ve got to check this out!  Watch this clip…

 

 

 

 

About Roman Acevedo,  Yoga Instructor:

Learn Roman’s yoga poses for more flexibility and fitness and less stress.
Roman has practiced yoga for 11 years to increase flexibility, build strength and invite meditation into his busy daily life and rigorous work schedule. He finds yoga to be beneficial in restoring peace in any stressful environment and continues his studies with Scott Page, David Miliotis and local instructors throughout the valley. Part of his dharma yoga practice is giving, which he does through his Ra-Yoga studio that gives free yoga/aerial yoga, and through ra-Apparel, his fashion house with an uncompromising buy-one, give-one program clothing underserved children in the community. Made in Downtown Phoenix AZ.  He enjoys hiking in the mountains with his dog, Raja and photographing his environment.

For more information visit:

www.raapparelfortheworld.com

www.ra-yoga.com

www.facebook.com/ragives

www.facebook.com/rawear.

Read more about Roman on our team bio page.

 

 

 

Big News from our Yoga Expert, Roman…New Yoga Studio in Town & It’s Free!!

First let me begin by thanking managedmoms.com writer, Roman Acevedo, for his healthy and fun weekly yoga poses.  He faithfully sends me a post every week and his passion and enthusiasm for his recommended exercises comes through beautifully in every post. 

Now he is switching to weekly videos, which is great for us, because seeing a video makes following the pose that much easier, I think!  We will show his first video pose next week, but first…his big news!!

Roman has opened up a beautiful new state-of-the-art yoga studio in downtown Phoenix called Ra Yoga (http://ra-yoga.com/) and get this….it is free, if you can believe that!  Here is little bit about Roman’s new yoga studio that I copied from his website….

 

 Welcome to Ra! We’re more than a yoga studio. we’re also a library for personal development, a social gathering place, and a beautiful space to host yoga and community-related events. And it’s free. For everyone!

 

The purpose of Ra Yoga is purely to serve Phoenix area yoga practitioners and teachers. Our vision is to unite our local community and raise the collective vibration of all who choose to participate. Students will be offered exceptional education at no cost. Teachers can plant their karmic seeds and freely promote their other classes and studios to a broad audience.

The option to suggest a donation will be open to teachers so they may use their classes and workshops to offset the cost of their own training and benefit the charities and causes of their choice.

By eliminating the need to make a profit,  Ra Yoga is able to make yoga accessible to everyone regardless of their financial means and eliminate competition with other studios. In fact, we want to promote their success. We believe that supporting the growth and education of our entire local yoga culture benefits us all. Every studio is welcome to offer and promote their services to every Ra student. Every yoga teacher is welcome to promote the classes and workshops they teach at other studios.  It’s yoga minus the competition, plus teaching driven purely by passion.

You might also be interested to know about our location. We currently occupy approximately 10,000 square feet of space in an industrial building in downtown Phoenix, with plenty of room to expand. We are about a block away from the US Airways Arena and Phoenix’s newest highlight, Cityscape. We are across the street from Cooper’stown and right next door to the Foundry, an exciting new music venue.

Our yoga studio is 800 square feet of newly renovated urban space. One wall is made up largely of a huge bank of windows that frame the twinkling city lights at night. The lofty ceiling provides us with the perfect setting to suspend silk yoga hammocks. A projector and retractable screen offer students (and teachers) the opportunity to participate in streamed yoga classes taught anywhere in the world while taking advantage of adjustments offered by an attentive teacher in the classroom.

How cool is this?!  I’m so excited to go and see his new studio!  I haven’t been there yet, but I plan to visit very soon!  Congratulations to Roman and to his Ra Yoga team and thank you for providing such a warm and wonderful place to our community!

Stay tuned for next week when Roman shows us some super cool video on how to use the innovative yoga hammock.  I can’t wait for that!  In the meantime, have a happy and healthy week!

And to learn more about Ra Yoga and the amazing community work they are doing to help the less fortuante, visit the website at http://ra-yoga.com/.

About Roman:

About Roman Acevedo, Yoga Instructor

Roman began practicing yoga in 2000 to complement his rigorous workout and hectic work schedule. Leading to increased strength, concentration and flexibility, he found yoga far more beneficial in restoring peace in any stressful environment. Studying under Andrew Eppler and local instructors Dave Oliver, Cheryl Oliver and John Salisbury, Roman is currently working towards the 500 hour advanced Yoga Instructor training.

Read more about Roman on our team bio page. 


 

 

 

Roman’s Recommended Yoga Pose for Shoulders, Posture & More

Manic:  This last weekend was manic, but so wonderful with my daughter performing in three Christmas Carol shows, my son’s hockey game, my girl’s 3-hour dress rehearsal for another performance she is in this holiday season and a wonderful visit with my kids’ amazing grandparents who came to see the shows and the hockey!  Whew…exciting and wonderful!  Now how do I get caught up this week with wrapping, shipping and more, while remembering to pace myself as we head into another busy weekend of performances?!

Managed:  The answer is yoga!  And thanks to managedmoms.com yoga expert, Roman, who has a great pose to start our week off.   This pose stretches the shoulders and opens the chest, which helps to release the stress and tension that so many of us hold in our shoulders.  Do you ever wear your shoulders for earrings?  I do!  So do this pose with me, breathe and relax and try to enjoy the crazy hustle and bustle of the holiday season!

Roman says:

Dandasana : Staff Pose

Benefits:

  • Strengthens back muscles
  • Stretches the shoulders and opens chest
  • Improves posture

Pose:

1.  From a seated position on the floor with legs together and extended out in front, activate your thighs (pressing down into the ground ) and feet (flexing your ankles pressing through the heels).

2.  Draw shoulders back and down as you bring your hands beside your hips, straightening into your arms and pressing into the floor.

3.  Hold for 5 breaths repeating 2-3 times.

 

Contraindications and Cautions:

Any wrist or lower back injury

About Roman:

About Roman Acevedo, Yoga Instructor

Roman began practicing yoga in 2000 to complement his rigorous workout and hectic work schedule. Leading to increased strength, concentration and flexibility, he found yoga far more beneficial in restoring peace in any stressful environment. Studying under Andrew Eppler and local instructors Dave Oliver, Cheryl Oliver and John Salisbury, Roman is currently working towards the 500 hour advanced Yoga Instructor training.

Read more about Roman on our team bio page. 

 

Bridget’s Brilliant Home Christmas Decor Idea

Manic:  Can’t find time to put out our Christmas decorations and my very spirited daughter is on me to do it!

Managed:  Asked our managedmoms.com interior design expert for a quick holiday decorating tip and I love what she came up with.  Take a look…

Bridget says:

Holiday decorating can get so expensive, so I like to look for things that can be put out all year with a just a little altering.  Here is my idea for my counters. I love candles and things that smell good, but I love lights too. But I also need my counter space. So I went to Lowe’s and I bought some fresh pine (not artificial).  Mmmmmm so good! Then I bought glass blocks.  How cute are these?

The glass block has a top area with an opening, so you can put whatever decorative items you want into the block. You can insert pine cones, flowers, lights, red, white and blue flags, ribbons, pine, Easter eggs…whatever you like.  Be creative with each holiday!

The glass block only cost $9.98 at Lowe’s, the fresh pine was only $2 at Lowe’s and the ribbon was $2.99 at Hobby Lobby during the store’s half off sale.   Two sets of lights sell for $7 at Walgreens and they come with a white or green cord.  So all of my supplies for this easy festive home decor idea was under $25!

This was super easy to set up.  First note the two openings on the top, a little one for a cord and a bigger one that pops in to add decoration. You can see how narrow it is, which is great because it doesn’t take up too much of your counter space. And it looks beautiful, plus it only took me ten minutes to create this pretty piece.  And you don’t have to be crafty to pull this off!  Here is how I did it…

First I put the lights inside.

I wanted mine to look like a present (which you can either set up or lay down).  I also wanted lights and that fresh pine smell, without taking too much space from my heavily used counters.  So this idea lights up my counter and makes my kitchen smell good.

The bow on top turns the lit up glass block into pretty presents.

Next I laid the glass block on its side, so that the festive decoration looks like a Christmas gift.

I also laid it on the fresh pine, which looks…and smells great!

Here is the done decor idea as it appears on my counter tops. Looks great, smells wonderful and my family loves it!

For less than $25, I can keep it out all year and change it up with every holiday or season.  Happy Holiday decorating!

…And a special thanks to Bridget for sharing her terrific idea with us!

AND A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BRIDGET TODAY! 

Our home decor guru is celebrating her birthday today!!!


What holiday home decor ideas do you have?  Share with us here in the comments section!

Roman’s Recommended Yoga Pose for Anxiety Relief & More!

Manic:  Holidays, year-end events, seasonal travel and everything else that happens as we begin December!  And tight budgets coupled with holiday shopping can produce understandable anxiety.

Managed:  Do your yoga!  Here is a pose from our managedmoms.com yoga expert that can reduce anxiety, aid digestion, strengthen your knee joints and more.  Try this…

Roman says:

Prasarita Padotasana B: Wide-Legged
Forward Fold with Hands on Hips

Benefits:

*Alleviates anxiety/stress

*Aids digestion

*Calms the mind

*Lengthens spine

*Opens the heart

*Strengthens core

*Hamstring stretch

*Strengthens knees joints

Pose:

1.  Stand with the feet three to four feet apart, toes turned slightly inward toward each other.

2.  Rotate the heels slightly outward, creating an inward spiral of the thigh.

3.  Bring the hands to the hips. Gaze upward and inhale, lifting the sternum to the sky.

4.  Exhale, keeping the hands on the hips.

5.  Draw the elbows back as if to bring them together. Engage the quads and the core to create your forward fold. This pose is not about letting gravity pull you down, but about actively folding your body in half, squeezing out toxins and impurities and reversing the typical flow of blood. Inhale and exhale deeply 5 times. Then replace the hands on the hips, and let the inhale lift you back up to standing.

 

Contraindications and Cautions:

*Lower-back issues

*Come out of this pose slowly particularly if you have low blood pressure.

About Roman:

About Roman Acevedo, Yoga Instructor

Roman began practicing yoga in 2000 to complement his rigorous workout and hectic work schedule. Leading to increased strength, concentration and flexibility, he found yoga far more beneficial in restoring peace in any stressful environment. Studying under Andrew Eppler and local instructors Dave Oliver, Cheryl Oliver and John Salisbury, Roman is currently working towards the 500 hour advanced Yoga Instructor training.

Read more about Roman on our team bio page.